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Ice On The River – 1951

-Posted on February 2, 2018

From the Winter, 2018 edition of Macomb Now Magazine

By Denis LeDuc

Ice grips the Clinton River in this photo view from the old iron bridge at Market Street in downtown Mount Clemens in 1951. You are looking south toward Crocker Street, and the old Medea Hotel and Bathhouse is in the center of the background with the Macomb County Building on the right.

Little of this view is left today. The old iron bridge was long ago replaced and the sprawling building directly on the riverfront park area was built there in the 1960s. The Medea Bath house was built in 1882 and the 150-room hotel was opened in June 1904. It was a centerpiece for the once-thriving Mount Clemens mineral bath industry. The bathhouse and hotel was razed in 1991 to make way for construction of the new Macomb County Administration Building.

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